Exhibition’s theme is Interregnum.
“We live in uncertain times when normal rules no longer apply. We’re inviting submissions from artists who are navigating this strange new world and trying to make sense of it all.”
I am a Scottish visual and social artist living in Mexico City .For this proposal I would like to explore how the roles of men and women are changing during this uncertain time. The rise of female power is influencing and affecting how society is functioning .This period of political unrest is rising the voices of women all round , highlighting their powers and powerlessness in day to day existence. One of the themes I am currently exploring in my work is female power and sexuality within the context of a patriarchal society : living in Mexico I am constantly being reminded of both the privileges and difficulties of being both a woman and white. I am also exploring the idea of ‘ Un mothering’ and how humans have lost touch with a holistic and human way of thinking , where we seem to have lost our sense of responsibility and nurturing in certain aspects of society and nature. In Mexico the word ‘Desmadre’/ ‘Unmother’ is used to describe chaos and losing control/ getting intoxicated – Mexicans can see this as both a positive and negative – literally disconnecting your umbilical cord to the whole mother, mother nature and some sense of human mass responsibility ,but also exerting your inner demons and expressions and letting go .I like to play with the symbols and imitations of nature in human body forms. With this in mind I’d like to expand into themes surrounding the roles of women during this ‘Interregnum’ period to hold and nurture and remind humans of the true powerful and natural , essential states in life.
The piece above displays a Macho build fully flexed woman ,growing and sprouting and bending ( a d a p t i n g ) , her head is an active volcano her voice is a bleeding papaya and her heart is a prickly and resilient Nopal Cactus .She cradles her eggs and fertility close to the ground whilst carrying this fury mountain between her thighs .This piece focuses on the super power of ‘Nurture’ and how applicable it could be as a way of moving forward in our political and earthly unrest, a female nature of ‘nurture’ is the future. This symbolic piece flips the idea of nurture as something for the weak and powerless and maternal roles to a strong ,holistic and multi-tasking super power that could potentially be mastered by all humans and help evolve our systems and create a more connected and responsible society,
“For women , the need and desire to nurture each other is not pathological but redemptive and it is within that knowledge that our real power is rediscovered.It is this real connection which is so feared by a patriarchal world. Only within a patriarchal structure is maternity the only social power open to women” – Audrey Lorde